MCHS Cross Country Season Ends At Region Meet

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Junior Jeremy Craft led the Morgan County High School cross country team, Photo by Josiah Connelly By Nick Nunn By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country teams competed in the 8-AAA Region meet on Thursday, Oct. 31 to finish the 2013 season. The MCHS varsity boys came in sixth out of the eight teams in the region with an average time of 18 minutes and 55 seconds in the 5K, while the girls placed sixth out of seven teams, averaging 23:45.61 in their 5K …

Offense back on track for Senior Night game

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By Nick Nunn, Staff writer After the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Bulldogs capped off their 49-18 over Franklin County last Friday night, the stands and sidelines cleared out at a rather brisk pace due to the cool weather. Even MCHS Head Football Coach Bill Malone was anxious to get on the bus and head home. The game moved along at a good pace, thanks to limited penalties on both sides of the ball, an issue that has popped up a few times this year for the Bulldogs. After a …

Lady Dogs lose in second round of AAA playoffs

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  By Nick Nunn, staff writer The Morgan County High School varsity softball team played the Buford High School Wolves last Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the second round of the AAA state playoffs. Morgan County lost twice in the doubleheader, 0-11 and 7-15. The season-ending losses leave the Lady Dogs with a 10-4 record in the region and a 25-11 record overall. The Buford Wolves, who have won consecutive state championships in their region since 2007, shut out Morgan County in the first game of the doubleheader 0-11. A three-run …

Bulldogs hurt the Lions’ Pride with 49-18 Win

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Bulldogs crushed 8-AAA region opponent, the Franklin County Lions, last Friday night, 49-18. The win puts the Dogs’ record at 3-2 in the region and 6-2 overall. This Friday, Nov. 1, the Bulldogs will play their final regular season home game against the Hart County Bulldogs, who lost their first game of the season last Friday against Elbert County 21-23. Morgan County received a kickoff from the Lions to begin the game in Franklin County. The first drive gave they …

Brrrrr…it’s cold

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Nick Nunn, Citizen Sports Columnist With little forewarning, Old Man Winter fell upon us around the middle of last week. Hard. Late October is that awkward transitional time of year when most of the outdoor sports have run their course, and the newly arriving, winter sports are heading indoors for shelter. Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity softball’s last stand in Buford last Wednesday was an cool-to-cold adventure as the sun went down, sending many of the parents back and forth from the heated recesses of their vehicles. And I …

Cheerleaders take 4th in division bout

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By Nick Nunn The Morgan County High School (MCHS) competition cheerleading team competed at Winder-Barrow High School last Saturday, Oct. 26. The MCHS team took fourth place out of the six teams in their division, facing 8-AAA region opponents North Oconee, Oconee County, East Jackson, and Hart County. “All of our stunts hit this week and we were overall pleased with our performance,” said MCHS Cheerleading Coach Denise Frost. “We had made some slight adjustments because we were missing a main base this week. We expect to have our full routine back …

Runners post personal bests at meet

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country team held their second home meet of the 2013 season last Tuesday, Oct. 22. The MCHS boys’ team turned in a “dominant victory,” stated MCHS Cross Country Coach Brandon York, with Georgia Military College (GMC) coming in second place. “The races were faster than the previous meet, as the course was not as wet, and our runners had a couple more weeks to train on it,” said Coach York. “We also had an …

Boys and ghouls enjoy running the Trick or Trot!

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Elementary School held their second annual Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Run this past Saturday, Oct. 26 in downtown Rutledge. The races attracted a total of 455 runners, with 169 registered runners competing in the 5K. The total of 455 runners shows a marked increase in participation. Only 325 runners registered to compete in the first Trick or Trot last year. “We definitely think that last year’s success helped us to build more awareness this year,” …

Franklin County (0-7) up next for Bulldogs

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Before Morgan County’s game against the East Jackson Eagles last Friday, Morgan County High School (MCHS) Head Football Coach Bill Malone hoped that the team would be able to get back on track after back-to-back losses against North Oconee and Elbert County. In Malone’s eyes, the 38-19 win over East Jackson was only a qualified victory, and, although the Dogs feel good to have another win under their belt, Malone thinks that the team has a way to go in order to get back to …

Spike Dogs fall to War Eagles in state playoffs

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By Leila Dycus, Intern Their Facebook page says it all: “A lot of blood, sweat, and tears were left on the court Wednesday evening as Woodward Academy took the court and the match in three games.” Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) varsity Spike Dogs traveled to Woodward Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 16, for the first round of state playoffs. Led by Coach Pete Busenitz, filling in for Coach Pam Hooten, the Spike Dogs faced a tough opponent in Woodward, the third-ranked team in the state. The Bulldogs competed in a …

Devotion

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By Nick Nunn Last week, during the JV football team’s 18-0 victory over the East Jackson Eagles, it rained from the first buzzer to the last. The rain came in strong with a moderate wind at some points, and, at other times, it slowed to a heavy drizzle, but not once did it stop. I watched the game from a relatively comfortable little enclave near the field house; a conveniently placed two-foot overhang protected my notepad, my camera, and myself for the entirety of the game, although I didn’t always …

Dogs lose in PAC heartbreaker

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) football team lost their Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) game against the Youth Middle School Warriors on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The 7-8 loss ended the 2013 season for the Dogs, who had remained undefeated through the regular season. Morgan County was set to receive the ball to begin their matchup against Youth, but Youth was able to successfully execute an onside kick, beginning the first offensive drive of the game on the Dogs’ 46-yard line. Youth advanced to the 19-yard …

MCHS competition cheerleaders gearing up for region meet Nov. 9

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Last Saturday, Oct. 19, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) competition cheerleading team competed in a meet at the Loganville High School, where they competed against region opponents, such as Hart County and Oconee County. MCHS Competition Cheerleading Coach Christen Seabolt said that the team’s score from the meet suffered due to mistakes in the pyramid element of the team’s routine. In order to receive top marks for a pyramid, the pyramid must include two or more structures with two or more entries into an …

Shutout in the rain: JV Dogs win 18-0 over East Jackson in season ender

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) JV football team beat East Jackson in Commerce last Thursday, Oct. 18, ending the 2013 season with a 18-0 shutout against the Eagles. The JV Dogs, a handful of devoted parents, and the JV cheerleader squad endured the cold rain that fell throughout the entire game. The soaked fans and poncho-wearing cheerleaders didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits; Morgan County’s attendance matched or exceeded that of the home team’s from beginning to end. Morgan County’s defense held East …

Lady Dogs crush St. Pius X in first round of playoffs

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity Lady Dogs traveled to the St. Pius X Catholic High School for the first round of state playoffs. The Dogs beat St. Pius X Golden Lions in back-to-back games, 10-1 and 9-0, to progress to the next round of state playoffs, where they will face the Buford Wolves, who have a 31-1 record this year. The Lady Dogs came out showing the Lions no mercy. Morgan County scored three runs in the first inning. …

Season records set at Oglethorpe Patriot Races

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country team took part in the Oglethorpe Patriot Races, hosted by Oglethorpe High School in Lexington, last Thursday, Oct. 17. “It was an interesting and remarkably fast meet,” said MCHS Cross Country Coach Brandon York. “We saw almost everyone set a season record (and in many cases a personal best) at Oglethorpe. Morgan County runners competed in the Varsity Boys’ 5K, the Varsity Girls’ 5K, and the JV Boys’ 5K. Wyatt Howard led the Dogs in the Varsity …

Don’t throw me in the briar patch with Brer Alan

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By Alvin Richardson Author’s note: In my youth November always meant quail season was close at hand. This is a story about some of those memories. You may remember the story from Uncle Remus of American folklore literature. Brer Fox laid a trap for Brer Rabbit by inducing him to get stuck in a Tar Baby and thus had finally captured his long time nemesis. Had him right where he wanted him and began to debate with the trapped rabbit about how he was going to bring about his demise. …

Dogs take measures to “get back on track”

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Bulldogs’ unexpectedly overwhelming loss against the Elbert County Blue Devils last Friday was a tough blow to sustain for both the team and the coaching staff. As MCHS Head Football Coach, Bill Malone is keenly aware of the effect that such a loss can have on the team. Malone said worrying about his athletes’ frame of mind, even while such a game is going on, “haunts” him, but he noted that the team handled the loss better than he …

Losing hurts

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By Nick Nunn It has been a tough week for most of the sports fans in the area. The Braves were booted out of the playoffs a little over a week ago. UGA lost, Tech lost, and Morgan County’s JV and varsity football teams lost. In fact, one of the only teams that didn’t suffer a loss in the last week was the Morgan County Middle School football team, who will be going into the Piedmont Athletic Conference playoffs undefeated. We’ve all had the opportunity to lose in our lives …

JDogs drop final home game to Greene 24-32

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) JV Bulldogs lost their final regular season home game to the Greene County Tigers 24-32 last Thursday, Oct. 10. Today, Oct 17, the JV Dogs play their last game of the regular season against the East Jackson Eagles in Commerce. Morgan County began the game with possession of the ball, but an early fumble gave the Tigers the ball deep in Morgan County territory, and they were able to score after five plays, going ahead of the Dogs 7-0 …